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Mikaela's gold - the claim after the storm

Mikaela's gold - the claim after the storm

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses on the podium at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. "The weather is attractive and it's a pleasure to be racing today". It was a stark contrast to the past few days when three of the four opening Alpine races were postponed because of bad weather.

"She brought out a lot more natural skiing in the second run that was far less rigid", coach Mike Day said. She will defend that title Friday.

Shiffrin quickly clawed back the two tenths of a second Moelgg gained on her after the first run with an aggressive ski and powered over the line in 1:09.20 for a combined time of 2:20.02. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway took silver (2:20.41) and Italy's Federica Brignone claimed bronze (2:20.49).

"I know that the podium was possible but a fifth at my first Olympics is a great result".

"I put some of my good skiing from training in there, but I also feel like I can go a little bit harder", she said.

Such was the commanding nature of her performance, Shiffrin was the clear champion well before all the skiers had completed their second run.

It was an ideal afternoon for racing, with the temperature around 21 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-6 degrees Celsius) and the wind about 8 miles per hour (13 kph). You see the weather shots, that's not possible to have a race in that. American officials are anxious not to overburden Shiffrin, who would need to compete in three races in three days if she takes part in Saturday's Super-G. The only thing that might slow her down is exhaustion, due to a compact schedule thanks to all the delays.

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For many, the wait for alpine skiing in PyeongChang was like an Olympic event in itself.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford added another bronze medal after winning team gold with Canada.

Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse each scored in the second period, and Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves.

Kendall Coyne scored for the Americans. Officials reviewed the play and ruled no goal. (The other two are Andrea Mead Lawrence, who won two golds in 1952; and Ted Ligety, who won a gold in 2006 and another in 2014).

This was quite a day for the Norwegians with Mowinckel taking silver.

In a wild, wide-open snowboard-cross final, the Americans finished out of the medal hunt after a spill.

"I don't know when it was, at some point today after the first run I thought, 'I can really win this.' I just tried to hang onto that feeling", Shiffrin said. But the ever-ready Coloradan wants to enter every race, win every medal.


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